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Written By: Kristina Pinto
9" stretcher bars (4)
9"x9" piece of eggshell 18-count mono canvas.
Needlpoint silk (5m)
Needlepoint Inc. silk 872.
PMC metallic 5270.
Epoxy cement (1)
Thin hand material (1)
8"x3" piece of ultrasuede in a coordinating color for backing (if doing the finishing
Laying tool (1)
can be bought in a needlepoint store, or you can use a kebab skewer or unsharpened
pencil for a fraction of the cost.
Tapestry needle (1)
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Needlepoint has come a long way, mostly due to the introduction of more creative fibers and
modern patterns. As one of the younger stitchers in any needlepoint class or shop, I've
become interested in pushing the boundaries of this endangered craft. Encouraged by the
knitting revival, I decided to develop hip and quick needlepoint projects to appeal to a more
contemporary audience. If I have my way, needlepoint will be the new knitting.
These bracelets are easy, quick, and very chic. While stitchable in a weekend, they look
much more complicated. Both pieces combine silk with metallic threads to create a look that
goes with jeans as well as a black cocktail dress. Once they are stitched, take the bracelets
to a needlepoint shop to finish for about $20 (or do it yourself).
Step 1 — Assemble stretcher bars.
First, assemble your stretcher bars into a square frame and tack your canvas to it. You
can cover the edges of the canvas with masking tape so the thread won't get caught and
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• Once the canvas is framed, you'll start to stitch with 3-ply of the silk, using a length of
about 18" in your needle. Beginning a third of the way up the canvas and about 1" in from
the left, stitch the entire cuff in Giant Rice Stitch.
• Use your laying tool to keep the stitches smooth and flat as you drop the needle in a hole,
and work the bracelet in rows from left to right.
• Stitch each cross over 3 diagonal holes and make your rows long enough for the bracelet
to go around your wrist in a cuff fashion.
• Your bracelet should have 7 rows of crosses.
• After completing the silk crosses, work the metallic green thread in diagonal stitches over
the top of the silk, with each diagonal stitch crossing over 1 canvas hole. No need to use
the laying tool with this thread, just make sure it isn't twisted when you drop the needle in
a canvas hole.
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• Once you finish the Rice Stitches,
backstitch vertically over 2 canvas
threads at each end of the cuff to
create a vibrant red line on both
edges. Use 3-ply of the DMC
metallic for this step.
• Then, after taking the piece off the
frame, fold the canvas back at
each red end and whipstitch over a
few canvas threads at the edges
with 3-ply of the DMC to make the
red thicker and to finish those
• Whipstitch across each end of the
cuff as many times as it takes for
the red to cover the canvas
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• Now that the piece is stitched, you
still have to make it into a bracelet.
I recommend taking it to a
needlepoint shop, where they can
finish it for you by folding back the
raw ends on the length of the
bracelet and covering the back with
a piece of ultrasuede.
• If you want to finish it yourself, I
suggest following the instructions
found at the DIY Network website
• When it's finished, find a can of
tomato paste (or something of a
similar diameter), wrap your cuff
around the can, and put a rubber
band around it to hold it in place for
about a day. This will give the cuff
shape so it doesn't fall off your
• Now it's finished!
This project first appeared in CRAFT Volume 01 , page 127-129.
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